The Book of Selkie


The Book of Selkie

Stories about the selkie have been told for hundreds of years by those who live near the North Atlantic and North Sea. Sometimes called "seal folk," the selkie, as humans, are tall and strong with dark hair and eyes. Extremely private, they keep their seal coats hidden away until they get restless and are called to the sea, and take on their seal forms.

In her lyrical follow-up to She Dreams of Sable Island, artist and author Briana Corr Scott explores the Selkie legend in a book of short, whimsical poems. Find out what Selkie likes to eat, where she lives, how she spends her time on land and in the sea, and learn a Selkie lullaby. Lilting and lyrical, with acrylic paintings that recall the ocean?s depths, this magical book is ideal for both bedtime and playtime. Features a paper doll, clothes, and seal.

Book Details

Title: Hardcover
Format: Hardcover
Author: Briana Corr Scott
Language : English
Publisher : Nimbus Publishing
ISBN: 1771088206

‘’Οh, to be a selkie,

And live between two worlds

Half your days spent as a seal,

And the other half, a girl....’’


For me, the myth of the selkie embodies the unique character of the Northern Sea. The mentality and tradition and history of the countries that cherish their myths and customs like a beloved member of a marvellous family. Traditions that hover between the real and the supernatural, the serene green and the wild waves of the shores, the song of the sea and the wind, the rocks and the valleys. And somewhere, over the breeze and the sound of the waves, we might hear the selkie lullaby…


This beautiful book depicts an ‘’ordinary’’ year of the selkie from the transformation to a woman to her need to return to the sea. In pictures of unique beauty by Briana Corr Scott, her relationship with the animals, her knitting, the food she cooks, the songs she sings come alive. In Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, Iceland, Norway and the Faroe Islands, the selkie myth lives on and on...


‘’But every now and then she hears

A voice from deep inside

It calls her back onto the land

The human in her cries.’’


Many thanks to Nimbus Publishing Ltd. and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.


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